Kim Delaney (born November 29, 1961) is an American actress best known for her starring role as Detective Diane Russell on the ABC drama television series, NYPD Blue, for which she has won an Emmy Award.[1][2][3] Early in her career, she played the role of Jenny Gardner in the ABC daytime television drama All My Children.[4] She later had leading roles in the TV dramas PhillyCSI: Miami and on the Lifetime television drama Army Wives.


 [hide*1 Early life

Early life[edit]Edit

Delaney, an Irish American, was born on November 29, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Joan and Jack Delaney.[5] Delaney's mother was ahomemaker and her father a union official and former head of the United Auto Workers.[6][7] She was raised Roman Catholic.[7] Delaney grew up inRoxborough and has four brothers: Ed, John, Keith, and Patrick. While she was attending J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School,[8] she worked as a model for the Elite agency. After her graduation, she went to New York and found employment there as a model. At the same time, she studied acting with William Esper.


Delaney first became known for her stint as innocent teenager Jenny Gardner Nelson on the soap opera All My Children, which also was her first job.[4] She played the character from August 1981 to August 1984, earning a Daytime Emmy Award nomination, as well as a loyal fan base; a profile of the actress a decade later noted, "Delaney left the soap in 1984, but fans still remember her as Jenny. 'They come up and will say they've followed everything I've done, and they stopped watching the show after I left, and they're so happy to see me on NYPD Blue, because they love the character.'"[4]

After leaving the show, Delaney began acting in feature films. In 1985, she appeared with Emilio Estevez in That Was Then... This Is Now, a film version of theS. E. Hinton novel of the same name. In 1986, she played a young nun in the military action movie The Delta Force, starring Chuck Norris. In 1987, Delaney was cast as Amanda Jones in Some Kind of Wonderful opposite Peter Gallagher, but new director Howard Deutch recast both roles with Lea Thompson and Craig Sheffer before filming. In 1987 she also appeared as Jessie in Christmas Comes to Willow Creek. In 1988 Delaney starred in the thriller The Drifter. In 1994, Delaney appeared in the film The Force.

In 1988, Delaney became a regular on the CBS television series, Tour of Duty. After leaving the show in 1989 to give birth to her and husband Joseph Cortese' son, her character was killed in an explosion just as her All My Children character had died five years earlier. In the years immediately following her departure from her two early television series, her film and TV roles tended to be few and of low quality, both in the opinion of critics and of the actress herself. A 1996 profile article in Entertainment Weekly, on the occasion of her landing a prestigious television role at the end of this period, noted: "Delaney'srésumé is spotted with ridiculous roles that range from a nun in the Chuck Norris action movieThe Delta Force, to a possessed nymphomaniac in the soft-core horror filmTemptress. 'There's a lot of things I did to pay the mortgage,' Delaney says resignedly."[9] Roles from this period include her 1992 appearance as Lucky Santangelo in the television miniseriesLady Boss.

[1][2]Kim Delaney in 2006

In 1995, Delaney began portraying the role of NYPD Blue Detective Diane Russell. Originally slated for only four episodes, the role became permanent after her character's relationship with Detective Bobby Simone (Jimmy Smits) became a hit with viewers.[9] In this role, she won her first Emmy Award[10] as Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and was also nominated for two other Emmy Awards. After Smits left NYPD Blue, producer Steven Bochco chose Delaney for the lead in the new television series, Philly. Despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.

CBS then courted Delaney to take on the female lead on its new drama television series, CSI: Miami, a spin-off of sorts from the hit CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.[11] She was written off the series during the first season after just ten episodes; Entertainment Weekly suggested that it had been due to a lack of chemistry between Delaney and star David Caruso.[12]

After briefly returning in 4 episodes of NYPD Blue Delaney starred in the 2004 NBC miniseries, 10.5, and its 2006 sequel, 10.5: Apocalypse. The following year, she began a recurring role on The O.C. In 2006, Delaney starred with Steven Weber in an episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen Kingtitled, "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band," about Rock and Roll Heaven. Delaney next appeared twice on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in early 2007, guest-starring on the episodes "Philadelphia" and "Florida."

Delaney played the main role of Claudia Joy Holden on the Lifetime Television series, Army Wives. In November, 2012, it was announced that Delaney would not be returning for the show's seventh season, as her character was killed off.[13]

Delaney was selected as a speaker at the presentation of the National Constitution Center's Liberty Medal to Robert Gates in 2011. After delivering a rambling and disjointed speech in which she discussed being a member of a military family, she was escorted off stage. The slurred delivery and often incomprehensible speech fueled reports that she was under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of the speech.[14]

Personal life[edit]Edit

Delaney has been married twice. Her first marriage to actor Charles Grant lasted from 1984 to 1988. Her second marriage was to actor Joseph Cortese. They married in 1989 and divorced in 1994. Delaney and Cortese had a son named Jack who was born in 1990. She was engaged to producer Alan Barnette from 1997 to 2006. She has a dog named Penny (a Dachsund) and Sydney (a half Corgi mix).

In 2002, Delaney was arrested in MalibuCalifornia, for suspicion of drunk driving after she refused to take a breathalyzer test.[15] She subsequently pleaded no contest and was sentenced to two-yearsprobation, fined, and ordered to take a defensive driving course.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1983 First Affair Cathy
1985 That Was Then... This Is Now Cathy Carlson
1986 The Delta Force Sister Mary
1986 Hunter's Blood Melanie
1987 Campus Man Dayna Thomas
1987 Cracked Up Jackie
1987 Christmas Comes to Willow Creek Jessie
1988 The Drifter Julia Robbins
1988 Something Is Out There Mandy Estabrook
1988 Take My Daughters, Please Evan
1991 Hangfire Maria Montoya Slayton
1991 Body Parts Karen Chrushank
1992 Lady Boss Lucky Santangelo Television movie
1992 The Fifth Corner Erica Fontaine Television movie
1993 The Disappearance of Christina Lilly Kroft Television movie
1994 The Force Sarah Flynn
1995 Project: Metalbeast Anne De Carlo
1995 Tall, Dark and Deadly Maggie Springer Television movie
1995 Darkman II: The Return of Durant Jill Randall
1995 Temptress Karin Swann
1996 Closer and Closer Kate Saunders Television movie
1997 All Lies End in Murder Meredith 'Mere' Scialo Television movie
1997 The Devil's Child The Devil's Child
2000 Mission to Mars Maggie McConnell
2001 Love and Treason Lt. Kate Timmons Television movie
2004 Sudbury Sally Owens
2004 Infidelity Danielle Montet Television movie
2004 10.5 Dr. Samantha Hill Television movie
2006 10.5: Apocalypse Dr. Samantha Hill Television movie
2011 Finding a Family Ileana


Year Title Role Notes
1981–1984 All My Children Jenny Gardner Nelson

Nominated—Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

1986 The Equalizer Sally Ann Carter Episode: "Unnatural Causes"
1986 Hotel Marie Lockhart Episode: "Forsaking All Others"
1987 L.A. Law Leslie Kleinberg 4 episodes
1989–1990 Tour of Duty Alex Devlin 18 episodes
1990 Tales from the Crypt Gloria Fleming Episode: "The Sacrifice"
1995–2003 NYPD Blue Det. Diane Russell 132 episodes

Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama(1998–99) Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series(1998–99) Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama(1997–98) Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series(1997–99) Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series(1996–2000) Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actress in a Quality Drama Series Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama Series

2001–2002 Philly Kathleen Maguire 22 episodes

Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama

2002 CSI: Miami Megan Donner 10 episodes
2005 The O.C. Rebecca Bloom 5 episodes
2006 Nightmares and Dreamscapes Mary Rivingham Episode: "You Know They Got a Hell of a Band"
2007 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Captain Julia Millfield 2 episodes
2007–2012 Army Wives Claudia Joy Holden 104 episodes
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